Cisco Systems released a new turnkey Wi-Fi Asset Tracking solution specifically geared for aerospace, automotive, mining and semiconductor manufacturing industries. This solution utilizes Cisco Wi-Fi location tracking technology to improve asset utilization, reduce costs and increase operational efficiencies.
The misplacement of industrial assets such as mobile toolkits, machinery, parts and WIP inventory is a significant issue for manufacturers, sometimes costing companies as much as US$1 million per incident.
By implementing Cisco’s Wi-Fi Asset Tracking solution, manufacturers gain greater visibility into their enterprise, can track the presence and real-time location of high-value manufacturing assets, and substantially increase operational efficiencies by reducing misplacement incidents.
Alan Cohen, senior director of mobility solutions at Cisco, said the wireless-enabled environment gives manufacturers a highly secure, robust and scalable platform to utilize next-generation mobility services, such as voice over Wi-Fi, location and asset tracking, and contractor and guest access. Built on the foundation of a Cisco Unified Wireless Network, the Cisco Wi-Fi Asset Tracking solution yields management and control of vital assets throughout the manufacturing process.
Cisco’s Wi-Fi Asset Tracking Solution is comprised of the Cisco 2700 Series Wireless Location Appliance, the Cisco Wireless Control System (WCS), Lightweight Access Point Protocol Controller, Cisco Aironet Access Points, AeroScout Wi-Fi-based Active RFID tags and AeroScout MobileView Software. Together, these components deliver a comprehensive RF location architecture that allows organizations to gather location information and track assets in the most demanding environments.